DEARBORN, Michigan — The North Texas Ford Dealers and Ford Motor Company Fund kicked off a major initiative this week designed to promote literacy, improve graduation rates and provide scholarships to students in nearly 100 local high schools.
The two will deliver more than $800,000 in education programs and awareness in 2015 to prepare students for a stronger future.
The unique collaboration will award $350,000 in scholarships, more than doubling last year's support. Every dollar invested by Ford dealers is matched by the Ford Fund.
"Education is a top priority for Ford and its dealers, and we believe this is an excellent opportunity to support student achievement in our communities," said Sam Pack, chairman of the North Texas Ford Dealers, in a statement.
As part of the effort, Ford is partnering with First Book, a nonprofit organization, to provide 10,000 new books to local children in need.
The Ford Driving Dreams Tour will also be part of the North Texas educational effort. This program is designed to help Latino youth stay in school and pursue higher education.
Edmunds says: Kudos to Ford and the North Texas Ford Dealers in this worthy effort designed to help 14,000 students.